case western reserve university



Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Architecture

The pre-architecture major leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. However, it may be chosen only as a second major. The double major is required so that the perspectives provided by this interdisciplinary program may be complemented by a concentrated disciplinary experience. The pre-architecture program introduces the student to the forms, history, and functions of architecture as well as the studio skills relevant to its practice. The program is designed to provide a background for undergraduate students who plan to continue architectural studies at the graduate level, as well as for those interested in the study of architecture as part of a liberal or technical education.

To declare a pre-architecture major, students should have declared a first major and have sophomore or junior standing. Up to 6 credits in general education requirements and elective courses taken by students for their first major may be applied to their pre-architecture major.

The major consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, 15 of which are in required courses and the remainder of which are approved elective courses. Detailed information about approved electives is available in the departmental office.

The required courses are:
ARTS 302, 303, Architecture and City Design I, II (3, 3)
ARTH 101, Art History I (3)
ARTH 102, Art History II (3)
ARTS 106, Creative Drawing I (3)

Fifteen hours of electives must be selected from the following groups:

A. 6 hours from selected art history courses.

B. 6 hours from:
ARTS 101, 201, Design and Color I, II (3,3)
ARTS 206, Creative Drawing II (3)
ARTS 220, Photography Studio I (3)
THTR 223, 224, Stagecraft I, II (3,3)

C. For students whose interests lie in aesthetics and the history of architecture, 3 hours in sociology, American studies, anthropology, history of science and technology, civil engineering, or geology.
Students are encouraged to include as many of the courses listed below as possible in their schedules:
MATH 125, 126, Mathematics I, II (4,4)
PHYS 115, 116, Introduction to Physics (4,4) and Laboratory (4,4)
PHYS 121, General Physics-Mechanics (4)
PHYS 122, General Physics II-Electricity and Magnetism (4) and Laboratory.